Batman: Dark Victory
In the beginning, DC spawned the Batman. Around the second to fourth days, he began to get very popular. On days five and six, he ran out of steam and all things associated with the Batman were ropey to say the least. On the seventh day, the Batman was still here and so DC decided to put some effort into it, and thus the Batman became The Dark Knight.
Dark Victory is a winner. My belief in Batman became wafer thin at one point, but this is the third time in a row that The Dark Knight has really impressed me. Following on from Batman: The Long Halloween, Dark Victory starts where the Holiday killer left off. Set in the early days where Gotham is in transition from a city run by the mob to one run by the Joker, Mad Hatter et al, somebody is picking off Gotham's finest with a noose.
Primarily though, Batman still works because he is such a strong character. For a man with such a simple story to tell, he remains multi-dimensional and complex to the last. With each retelling, Bruce Wayne becomes less and less a part of what the Batman is, while Batman himself just keeps on getting darker and more isolated.
:: Sion Smith